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Macro Systems has been serving the Metro Washington, DC area since 1997, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

How Microsoft is Addressing Employee's Mental Health

How Microsoft is Addressing Employee's Mental Health

Workplace stress has increasingly been viewed as a prescient issue for businesses, with an enhanced focus on identifying the causes and mitigating the impacts. A recently published patent from Microsoft helps to demonstrate how seriously this is now taken… although it also raises the question: do we really need technology’s help to identify when we feel stressed?

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Internet Accessibility is a Significant Problem for the Disabled

Internet Accessibility is a Significant Problem for the Disabled

Accessibility to the Internet is a hot topic because almost everyone should be afforded Internet access at this point. The fact that some people don’t have access to the Internet places them at an extreme disadvantage. One group that has significant problems with accessibility are disabled people. What can be done about that? 

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Socialization is Even More Important While Working Remotely

Socialization is Even More Important While Working Remotely

With remote work becoming the standard for many businesses in their efforts to maintain operations in recent months, this potentially company-saving adoption has not been without its disadvantages. Most notably, the mental health of many employees has been impacted as teams have been working together while keeping apart, in large part because the quick conversations that happen throughout the workday have mostly been eliminated.

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Three Threats Your Employees Can Pose to Your Business

Three Threats Your Employees Can Pose to Your Business

What would you consider to be the biggest threat to your business? Cybercriminals? A natural disaster? What if I told you that it was the team members that you have employed, whether they meant to be or not? This is the hard truth that you need to prepare your business for.

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How to Avoid a Strained Relationship With Your IT Department

How to Avoid a Strained Relationship With Your IT Department

Business relationships, especially between you and a service provider or you and a coworker, are imperative to a business’ success. On the other hand, maintaining these relationships can be difficult when there’s a good chance that your actions might create more work for another person. Listed below are some reasons why your relationship with IT may be strained, and a few tips to help fix it.

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What to Know About Passwordless Authentication

What to Know About Passwordless Authentication

If you were told that one variable was responsible for more than 80 percent of cyberattacks, what would you guess that variable was? If you guessed “stolen access credentials,” you’d be right. The standard username/password combination may soon be a relic of the past as more tech companies transition to alternative authentication measures.

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Can Breaks Lead to More Productivity in the Workplace?

Can Breaks Lead to More Productivity in the Workplace?

Today's society is greatly focused on the virtue of hard work, of productivity. This has resulted in a type of unspoken prejudice against breaks in the workplace, that any break that is not earned is a sign of an unproductive employee. As it turns out, the opposite is true. So, how can turn your breaks into a way to accomplish more in the workplace? Read on.

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What You Need to Know about Smartphone Addiction

What You Need to Know about Smartphone Addiction

If you were to mention the term “smartphone addiction” to college freshmen, it would either result in laughter or they would scoff at the notion that it is possible. We live in mobile times, and as a result, most of us actively use a smartphone. That’s not to say that most people are addicted to their device. Below is a look at the phenomenon that is smartphone addiction and its effects. 

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Factors You Need to Consider for Remote Work

Factors You Need to Consider for Remote Work

At any given time, a business needs to consider its security, but this need only intensifies when its employees are working remotely. With the coronavirus pandemic very much still in play, the likelihood that your workers are in this situation has risen dramatically. In order to maintain your organizational security, you must consider the many factors that a remote workforce can introduce.

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Comprehending How Technology Affects C-Level Business Positions

Comprehending How Technology Affects C-Level Business Positions

CEO, business shorthand for Chief Executive Officer; it may be a title that you hold yourself. While the CEO of a company is obviously imperative, it is important to consider what other c-level roles should also be filled. As a technology-centric company, we often consider roles like the CIO, the CTO, and soon enough, the CDO to be just as critical. 

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Three Types of Internal Communications that Affect Your Operations

Three Types of Internal Communications that Affect Your Operations

Businesses have various communications to manage, including their internal ones. For many businesses, this may be put on the back burner, as they prioritize their operational and sales-encouraging communications. On the other hand, internal communications are just as imperative. Listed below some of your options here, and how you need to use them.

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Four Policies to Boost Business Security

Four Policies to Boost Business Security

Are you aware that, of all the vulnerabilities your business has to cyberthreats, your workers are one of the riskiest, simply due to their exposure to your business technology? If your business isn’t secure, it will become very difficult to serve your clientele. Let's take a look at four policies that can help you and your employees positively contribute to your business’ security.

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Don't Let Your Organization Become Complacent

Don't Let Your Organization Become Complacent

As the owner of a business, you must be able to see the fine line between being comfortable with your position and being dangerously complacent. Otherwise, you run risk hindering your organization's growth, or even actively sabotaging its success. 

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Tips on Promoting Your Employees' Physical and Mental Health

Tips on Promoting Your Employees' Physical and Mental Health

The human body is an incredible piece of technology, but you don't usually hear it discussed in most offices. Since your employees are so vital to your organization's success, you’d benefit from doing everything you could to help your employees to take good care of their physical health.

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Protect Your Business against the Gift Card Scam

Protect Your Business against the Gift Card Scam

The gift card may be the perfect (if impersonal) gift; however, these convenient little plastic rectangles may not be so perfect after all. In 2018, they’ve been a vital component to a business email compromise scam that has been popular recently.

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What to Consider When Creating a Username

What to Consider When Creating a Username

When you sign up for a service online, you'll be asked to make a username and password. Here, let's clarify the purpose of a username and supply you with some best practices on how to create the best username possible for you.

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Four Threats From Inside The Business You Have To Be Aware Of

Four Threats From Inside The Business You Have To Be Aware Of

Taking into consideration the leaks and vulnerabilities that have been brought to light over the past few years, network security is a critical priority for every organization. One problem many have is that while they are protecting their network and infrastructure from threats outside the business, there are real threats coming from the inside. Below we examine four ways threats can cause havoc from inside your business.

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Why Heart Attack Victims Should Be Wary of Hacking Attacks

Why Heart Attack Victims Should Be Wary of Hacking Attacks

It goes without saying that having to rely on a pacemaker isn’t an ideal circumstance for anyone, even considering that the device allows the patient to continue living a fulfilling life. This is why a particular discovery of a European-based research team becomes a shade or two darker: the team has concluded that it’s possible for a novice to send life-threatening signals to the device.

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Passwords Are on the Way Out. What’s Next?

Passwords Are on the Way Out. What’s Next?

Passwords are a critical security component of any online account. In many cases, they’re the fine line of defense against the horde of threats that exist on the Internet. The problem that many users have with passwords, however, is that good passwords are difficult to remember, and on their own, aren’t necessarily the most secure option. So, how can you make passwords both easier to use and more secure?

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New Study Shows Passwords Can, In Fact, be Remembered

b2ap3_thumbnail_people_remember_passwords_400.jpgWe see a lot of password-bashing these days, and some people have lost faith in them as a security measure. But, unfortunately, a lot of the blame for this lies in human memory. We just don’t pick passwords that are strong enough. In fact, a mind-numbing one in 20 people still use “password” to keep their information safe.

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